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Amid call to boycott new clothing, many famed high street fashion retailers are grappling with losses and rethinking their business models. But online businesses? Not so much, argues senior reporter Sarah George

How online retailing is allowing fast fashion to thrive

In the first of a two-part feature, edie's senior reporter Sarah George explores how booming profits for online retailers are driving a fast fashion mindset in the UK that could undermine efforts to champion sustainability in the fashion sector, unless business and consumers find their voice.

Participants discussed the new skills sustainability professionals will need to hone over the next decade

From activist to activator: How are sustainability leaders' jobs changing in the era of climate activism?

After years of grappling for boardroom buy-in, sustainability professionals have seen the momentum of the plastics and climate movements place environmental considerations firmly at the feet of C-suite. So, how will this seismic shift in the conversation re-shape the sustainability profession?

Northcote will be speaking at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum in February 2020

John Lewis & Partners: Net-zero a commercial opportunity for business

EXCLUSIVE: John Lewis & Partners' decision to set a net-zero target before the UK Government enshrined its 2050 target into law evidences the fact that sustainability and profitability now go hand-in-hand, the retailer's director of corporate responsibility has claimed.

CNG Fuels supplies to high-profile companies, most notably the John Lewis Partnership

HGVs to be fuelled by 'carbon-negative' manure from 2021

Renewable fuel provider CNG Fuels has announced plans to become the UK's first supplier of carbon-neutral fuel for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), offering a range of hydrogen, battery-electric technologies and low-carbon biogas from manure.

The retailer claims that the removal of 5p carrier bags alone could save five tonnes of plastic annually, if scaled up nationally. Image: John Lewis & Partners.

John Lewis trials swathe of new recycling and reuse offerings

John Lewis & Partners has launched a string of seven new initiatives aimed at helping customers to reuse packaging and recycle items which are not currently collected by most domestic kerbside services.

Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have welcomed the move but claimed it was "a shame" it could not happen sooner. Image: John Lewis & Partners 

John Lewis ditches plastic Christmas cracker toys

John Lewis & Partners has pledged not to sell Christmas crackers with plastic toys inside after the 2019 festive season.

Registration is now open for the forum, which takes place 4 -5 February 

Igniting a decade of business transformation: Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020 line-up revealed

Experts, disruptors and innovators from companies including Unilever, LEGO and Firmenich have been confirmed for the star-studded line up of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum - the UK's only dedicated sustainability event that combines strategic insight with practical outputs for business.

Startup Thrift+ has been growing rapidly since it was founded in 2016. Image: Thrift+

Farfetch launches 'on-demand' donation service in circular fashion drive

Digital fashion platform Farfetch has unveiled a new service whereby customers can donate clothes and accessories they no longer use for free.

Five other businesses have been granted water self-supply licences this year, but John Lewis & Partners would be the first retailer. Image: WaterScan

John Lewis applies for water self-supply licence in first for UK retail

John Lewis & Partners has become the first UK retailer to apply for a water self-supply licence, in a bid to reduce water use and deliver savings.

Companies taking part in 'Better Retail, Better World' include John Lewis & Partners, M&S, Fenwick and Kingfisher - the owner of B&Q and Screwfix 

Report: UK retailers surpassing carbon reduction commitments early

A group of more than 25 of the UK's largest retailers have collectively reduced their absolute carbon footprint by more than one-third (36%) since 2005, a new study has found.

The retailer has additionally pledged to create a zero-emission fleet by 2045

John Lewis Partnership targets 'net-zero' operational carbon emissions by 2050

Retail giant John Lewis Partnership has today (20 March) pledged to achieve "net-zero" carbon emissions for its direct operations by 2050, without purchasing carbon offsets.

The new bio-methane commitment has been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall, joining pledges made by 49 other businesses

John Lewis and Waitrose pledge to power entire delivery fleet with bio-methane by 2028

EXCLUSIVE: The John Lewis Partnership, which operates the John Lewis and Waitrose retailers, will convert its 500-strong fleet of diesel delivery trucks to be powered by bio-methane by 2028, as part of a new commitment published on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall today (16 October).

John Lewis and Waitrose expect the trials to create lower running costs that will generate between £75,000 to £100,000 in lifetime savings per truck

Waitrose spearheads low-emission gas refuelling trials

Waitrose is to take part in a year-long trial examining how compressed natural gas (CNG) can help reduce road transport emissions, utilising a new renewable biomethane refuelling station in Northampton to ensure supply of the low-carbon fuel.

Thomas believes collaborative approaches hold the key to tackling waste and embedding the circular economy as a “business as usual” approach

Plastic pledges provide gateway to circular economy, says John Lewis

The recent focus on plastic pollution has given sustainability professionals an opportunity to "reframe the narrative" on resource efficiency to move business models towards the circular economy, John Lewis's sustainability manager Ben Thomas has claimed.

The impact of the Modern Slavery Act, two years on

The Modern Slavery Act shone a spotlight on the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking when it was written into UK law two years ago. But what effect has it had so far?

The seven buzzwords in responsible retail

Debbie Griffiths offers a round-up of some of the most frequently uttered words from edie's Responsible Retailer conference.


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